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Portland Maine

Portland Maine

Portland Maine is an old seacoast town rich in history and vibrant in social happenings. Portland Maine is a  city filled with galleries, boutiques and shops, and incredible restaurants serving everything from New England clam chowder, lobster rolls and Maine seafood to nouvellePortland Maine from the air with cruise ship in picture cuisine. Portland is also the home of one of the best seafood events in New England. Harvest On The Harbor, A seafood lovers weekend event drawing thousand of hungry seafood enthusiast and some of the top chefs in the country to create an event unlike any other.

Portland is the banking capital of northern New England, home to major international law firms, import/export companies, and modern high-rise office buildings located in historic districts with centuries old architecture.

Portland stands as one of the few working waterfronts left in the United States, acting as New England’s largest tonnage seaport and second largest fishing port.

Portland is also the second largest oil port on the East Coast and the largest foreign inbound transit tonnage port in the United States!

Portland is Maine’s largest city with 66,000 full time residents; however it swells to 2 million if one includes annual visitors and part-time residents.

Visitors come by car, train, airplane, and boat. Each year our port alone handles over 206,000 international passengers, including 41,000 cruise ship passengers.

Portland Maine has beaches, walking trails, state parks, crystal clean lake waters, mountains and some of the best white water rafting just a short distance from the busy downtown center. Tour boats, kayaking, lobster bakes and so much more to experience in this prize New England city.

At every turn, Portland is an experience for everyone.


Harpswell Maine

Harpswell Maine

Harpswell Maine is known for it’s true lobster fishing heritage and it’s exquisite beauty. The locals like to say that Harpswell is the “Real Maine”  Located on Casco Bay, Harpwell Is a short scenic ride from Portland, Freeport, Bath and Boothbay Maine. Harpswell is to us “The Wonderland of the Maine Mid Coast“.

Harpswell is the unspoiled coastal community that is accessible by way of the beautiful Bowdoin College town of Brunswick, which was chosen as one of the best small towns in America by the Smithsonian.  Harpswell is a unique coastal community which recently celebrated its 250th birthday. For over 100 years Harpswell has been a mecca for vacationers seeking a saltwater environment, a serene way of life, and an abundance of natural beauty. Its 216 miles of coastline consists of Harpswell Neck, the three large islands of Sebascodegan (Great Island), Orr’s, and Bailey, which are connected by bridges, the most notable being The Cribstone Bridge, and a scattering of over 200 smaller islands accessible only by boat. With some of the few remaining working harbors on the Maine coast, it offers an authenticity of which they are proud.

Harpswell has it all! Light houses, Ocean views, walking trails, beaches, Historical sites, working lobster harbors and marinas, sailing/fishing charters and tours all here in the Mid Coast Maine region.

Within the town of Harpswell, you will find hundreds of businesses and non-profit organizations that contribute to this unique place. Here you will find a wonderful candy shop, stores, galleries, inns, lobster pounds, restaurants, gift shops, services, libraries,  oceanBailey Island Harpswell Maine related tours, marinas, community preservation organizations, artisans and craftsman, as well as places of worship and schools.

Visit Harpswell Maine Vacation Wonderland of the Coast for more information.

Enjoy our interactive map with outdoor activities, accommodations, gift shops and restaurants located in and around Harpswell.

Camden Maine

Camden Maine

There’s so much to see and do in Camden, you’ll want to return again and again. You’ll find a wealth of leisure and recreational pursuits to choose from.Camden Maine

Arts & Entertainment
Midcoast Maine’s cultural activities enliven galleries, opera houses, seasonal fairs, libraries, and nationally recognized museums. Enroll in a culinary arts class with an award-winning chef at a local inn. Study photography at a world-class workshop. Put brush to canvas in a local art class. Or simply visit the studios and galleries of those who know what an inspiring and supporting environment this is in which to pursue artistic creation.

Explore our museums. The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is one of the state’s leading venues for current art. A few miles south in Rockland, the Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center includes works from three generations of Wyeths as well as changing exhibits from native American basket making to Impressionists and modern masters. Other museums display historic and maritime artifacts, antique vehicles, and even vintage toys and movie memorabilia.

Check out musical and theatrical performances taking place in such venues as the recently renovated Camden and Rockport opera houses, the amphitheatre outside the Camden Public Library, and the Strom Auditorium at Camden HIlls Regional High School in Rockport. Classical music, touring performers, conferences on technology and world affairs, blues and film festivals, and local theater, dance, and choral groups fill a busy year-round schedule. Consult our Events Calendar for a wide variety of offerings.

With scenic walks, parks, nature preserves, beaches, bike paths, and even a ski facility, our area invites visitors and residents to come out and play. Whether you want to spend an afternoon at a pick-your-own farm or orchard, go candlepin bowling, or test your agility on Ragged Mountain’s mountain-biking trails, family activities abound.

Take a sail or powerboat around the bay on one of several day trips, charter your own vessel, or book several days’ passage on a vintage schooner where you can hoist the sails and take a turn at the helm or just relax and enjoy the sea breezes.

Pitch a tent under the swaying pines of Camden Hills State Park and spend a day hiking the forested foothills. Dive into the cool waters of Megunticook Lake or scout for polished stones and sea glass on Lincolnville Beach. Play a round of golf. Rent a bike, or sign up for kayaking lessons.

Our nature preserves and education centers offer trails, woodlands, and gardens, as well as unforgettable birding and cross-country skiing opportunities.

Visit a country fair or food-themed festival, or ogle the varied scenery–from a farm of “Oreo cookie” cows to historic structures and landmarks you might recognize from several movies filmed here.

Although it’s hard to say what’s most appealing about our shops–the quality of the items inside, their proximity to the natural beauty of harbors and hills, or their quaint charm–one thing is certain: Each offers an experience as distinct as its merchandise, from hand-painted pottery, fine jewelry, and books to home decor, gifts, and souvenirs. Peek inside a furniture showroom and watch the artisans at work. Discover a rustic barn converted into a winery, gallery, or studio.

It’s no wonder the area is a favorite year-round retail destination. In addition to our regular offerings, our calendar is full of special shopping events, from art and craft festivals to holiday celebrations. And don’t worry if the shopping bug hits while you’re traveling through our area; many establishments are happy to ship your merchandise home.

Boothbay Harbor Maine

Boothbay Harbor Maine

Boothbay Harbor MaineThe Boothbay Harbor Region offers something for everyone. It captivates visitors with the rugged coastline, bold ocean vistas, quaint village, pine-scented air, dazzling sunsets, and diverse vacation opportunities on land and at sea. Located a short drive North of Brunswick Maine and the beautiful coastline of Harpswell. There are many activities that can be enjoyed on the water. Sailing, fishing and sightseeing cruises abound off the town pier. A nice touristy town with some great shopping and restaurants. A bit crowded during the season and at times difficult to get on and off the penisula. Boothbay is still a favorite for many seeking a Maine experience. Boothbay is a draw for tourist from around New England. Whether you your seeking retail shopping or a brisk hike, the Boothbay Harbor Region has it all, all year long.

Bath Maine

Bath Maine City of Ships

Bath Maine One Of The Best Small Cities In America.

Bath Maine is steadily becoming known as a destination stop for the traveling public and local folks. Bath is conveniently located near some of the best beaches in Maine. Great shopping and restaurants can be found in this waterfront town. Awesome theater, arts and music are all within a short ride from this beautiful town.

Centuries ago, the Abenaki Indians, among the first inhabitants in present-day Bath, gave the Kennebec River its name – “Kennebec” meaning “long level water.”The 0.56-mile Sagadahoc Bridge, completed in 2000, carries U.S. Route 1 across the Kennebec River. A beautiful giant standing guard over the mighty Kennebec River.

The city has a great combination of old and new Bath Maine on the Kennebec Riverseafaring history, wonderful ”Maine life”, and a strong community feeling. Bath was listed as one of the “Best Small Cities in America” and was deemed a “Distinctive Destination” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

A wonderful downtown district to stroll along and enjoy the many unique shops that line the streets. A full service Waterfront  Park with walking paths to stroll along on a warm summer day or evening  on the Kennebec River.

Bath has great Inns, Hotels and Restaurants right on the water’s edge. One of the landmarks of the waterfront is the Kennebec Tavern and Marina. A full service restaurant with Bath Maine Restaurantinside and outside seating. Serving a delicious selection of local Maine food.

Bath is home to the Maine Maritime Musuem and Bath Iron Works. “The City of Ships”.

Bath Maine is one of those towns that you don’t want to miss while on your vacation in Maine.”

Bath Maine Waterfront Park

BarHarbor Maine

Bar Harbor Maine

Welcome to Bar Harbor, Maine – One of the Best Places to Visit in Maine & New England

Bar Harbor is well know by people around the world as a place of beauty and peaceful elegance. A recentNew York Times Travel article  give Bar Harbor a thumbs up for it unique collection of stores, restaurants and one of a kind activities.

Over looking Bar Harbor, Maine

A gift of Nature

The magic of Bar Harbor…romance, adventure, the rock-bound coast and soaring granite cliffs. From the stonewall-lined and tree-covered road leading you into our village, to the sweeping vistas from atop Cadillac Mountain, there is a special mystique to Bar Harbor. Nestled on the east side of Mt. Desert Island, surrounded by Acadia National Park, we have welcomed visitors for over a hundred years. And now we welcome you, too! Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park have a wide variety of offerings for visitors. There truly is something for everyone.

If you’re considering a vacation in Maine or planning to travel New England, Bar Harbor should top your list of destinations, as it is truly one of the best places to visit in Maine and New England. Not exactly a well-guarded secret, but not overrun with tourism either, Bar Harbor is a Maine/New England vacation spot beyond compare. And of course one of its many attractions is its close proximity to Acadia National Park – over 50 square miles of highly varied, beautiful terrain, hiking, and views.

If this is your first visit to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, we are sure that you will have experiences in this Maine vacation spot that will become fond, lifetime memories. If you are returning to the island, as so many do, welcome back. Each year the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce publishes ourguidebook to help you plan your island escape and to serve as your companion while on the island. We have included much of the information from the guidebook on this Web site for your convenience.

Best Seafood Restaurant in Mid Coast Maine

The best seafood restaurant in Mid Coast Maine.

I have eaten at many of the fine seafood restaurants in Mid Coast Maine and based on the location, the décor and the food, I have selected Anna’s Wateredge Restaurant as the best of the best. Experience Maine while dining on some great seafood on the water and looking out over beautiful views. Anna’s is the place to be.

There are many to choose from, each with its own take on how Maine seafood should be served. Anna's Water Edge Restaurant view From traditional to classic to modern fare, Maine has it all and is being recognized world wide as having some of the best eating establishments for great seafood.

Here we would like to introduce you to one of the traditional Maine restaurants of the Coast. Anna’s Wateredge Restauramt Anna's Water Edge Restaurant interiorRestaurant located in Phippsburg is a must visit seafood restaurant when on vacation in Maine.

Anna’s Water Edge Restaurant has been amazing guest for many years. They have inside or outside seating for their guest. The dining area is very rustic in its feel. The walls are covered with nautical items of old. The many windows provide expansive views of the working harbor in front of the restaurant. Imagine dining waterside while you experience the beauty of Maine with working lobster boats and a view that seem to go on forever.

The Food is traditional Maine prepared seafood with just a twist of culinary flair to make it interesting,Anna's Restaurant food pickled herring

If you are traveling through the Mid Coast region of Maine we highly recommend that you head to Annas and enjoy great Maine food and views

Anna's Wateredge Restaurant entrance

Ocean View

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